Ascension Living HOPE
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Ascension Living HOPE is your primary care providerAs a participant, you will rely on Ascension Living HOPE as your sole primary care provider. We guarantee access to quality care, but cannot guarantee you access to a particular provider. Your first visit to the clinic will be during your pre-enrollment assessment. At that time the nurse and physician will visit with you about your health history, health goals, medications and assistance needs. After enrollment the clinic will function much like any other doctor’s office. We will encourage preventive health screenings, educate on healthy life habits and provide you with the information you need to have the quality of life you desire.
In the clinic, we also do lab tests and x-rays. Other more specialized tests or specialty physician consultations will be scheduled by appointment with outside providers as approved by Ascension Living HOPE physicians. We will provide transportation to and from these appointments.
As a participant in Ascension Living HOPE, your primary care physician will arrange for specialist care when it is necessary. Because all of your appointments are coordinated through your primary care physician, every specialist you see will be fully informed about your previous care experiences.
Ascension Living HOPE will schedule specialist appointments for you and provide transportation. Specialist services include dental, vision and hearing.
Medication management and pharmacy
All necessary prescription medications are provided and covered as part of your membership in Ascension Living HOPE. Ascension Living HOPE will take the place of your existing Medicare Part D plan, if you have one. Our pharmacy will conduct a review of your medications and is available for medication education or questions, if necessary. Your medications will be provided for you at the day center, so there is no need to coordinate with an outside pharmacy.
If your condition requires a hospital stay, Ascension Living HOPE will work with you and the hospital to coordinate all needed medical care. Ascension Living HOPE physicians and other members of our team will continue to follow you throughout your hospitalization, in an effort to get you the care you need and help you return to your own home as soon as possible.
Adult Day Health Program
Primary medical care, along with lab tests and x-rays, will be provided in the Ascension Living HOPE Clinic, which is located at the Center. For more information on medical care and services, see the medical care section.
Whether you prefer group get-togethers or simply chatting over a cup of coffee, you can find activities you can enjoy at Ascension Living HOPE. We have two large day centers and you can choose to attend activities at either center. Monthly calendars are displayed in each day center. Activities include bingo, cooking activities and group exercises. We also have groups from the community come in at times to provide entertainment or to educate on different topics. Periodically, we will organize community outings as well. You can also participate in individual or self-initiated activities in the day centers. Lunch is provided daily.
In addition to our two larger adult day centers at Ascension Living HOPE, we also offer Friendship Gardens. This specialized room is reserved for our participants who function better in a smaller environment due to a variety of issues, such as dementia. The staff at Ascension Living HOPE will assess if participants are appropriate for Friendship Gardens.
Friendship Gardens allows for more individual attention and programming by providing a higher ratio of staff and smaller number of participants. The room has a variety of activities and equipment specifically designed to stimulate the different senses. Activities are planned according to the functional and cognitive needs of the participants.
Therapy services and durable medical equipment
During your pre-enrollment assessment, a rehab representative will evaluate you to determine your physical abilities and therapy needs. A home evaluation will then be scheduled to determine your function and needs in your home environment. We will also assess the need for medical equipment, which will be provided if deemed necessary.
Once you join Ascension Living HOPE, you will be assigned a personal social worker. Your social worker will promote collaboration between you, your family members and your HOPE multidisciplinary team. You can turn to your social worker for assistance with public resources, paid support services and natural supports (such as family and friends), helping you make informed decisions regarding your care.
A nutrition assessment will be completed every six months, and as needed, to address any nutritional needs or concerns. At the day center, snacks are available and a hot meal is provided daily. Nutrition education classes and cooking demos are offered at the Adult Day Health Center. One-on-one nutrition education is also provided to those with specified diet orders — or nutritional needs.
Care in the Community
Participants are encouraged to be as active and independent as possible in their home. A home evaluation is completed during the pre-enrollment assessment to determine whether home care services are needed and to recommend options for improving your safety and independence. Home care needs will be reviewed at least every six months, or more frequently as needed.
Home care may include:
- Nursing services
- Assistance with housekeeping tasks (laundry, changing linens, mopping, vacuuming, etc.)
- Assistance to complete activities of daily living such as bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.
- Emergency alert devices
- Oxygen therapy/CPAP/Bipap Home-delivered meals